Comment 10762

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted August 09, 2007 at 09:28:54

Chalk me up as one more cyclist who treats all-way stop signs as a yield. I also have been known to just take the sidewalk (at a snail's pace for safety, and get off and walk if I'm approaching a pedestrian) rather than reroute in the face of a wrong-way-street.

That being said, I'm also a motorist, and love Hamilton's one-way-structure. It allows me to quickly get to downtown without traffic lights - the only thing I'd change with them is to change the speed-wave of the traffic lights such that they will slow down traffic a little - as it stands, most drivers will go about 55kph (or more) to avoid getting caught by a traffic light. If the lights were timed such that drivers would be encourage to go, say, 40 kph (and never see a red light at that speed), then traffic would flow at that speed.

I have to agree with other posters: more two-way bike-lanes on one-way streets, and allow cyclists to treat all-way (NOT regular stop-signs) as yields. And get bike-racks on the up-down mountain busses.

To protect pedestrians, I think the city's approach of putting "no-turn-on-red" signs on blind corners could be expanded. There are a lot of corners with only partial visibility that could use these signs.

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